Monday, August 30, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
The sun came out at last here in Rhode Island. My sister, brother in law and my twin niece and nephew are visiting and the first four days of their visit were rainy -- after almost no rain for a month. We were about out of indoor ideas so we were happy to get out for a day in Newport. We took the new Family audio tour of the Breakers where the tour guide is the house and the focus is on what it would be like to be a kid living there. It was great and my 4 year old niece and nephew actually wore their head phones and listened. Emma was our tour leader and made sure that we all pressed our play buttons at the same time so we would be listening to the same things together. Next we had some lunch and then drove around the Ocean Drive and stopped at Brenton Point to look out to sea and climb around on the rocks -- this was a huge hit and the kids had a great time.
|Emma, on the rocks at Brenton Point (Newport)|
|Mia and Nick outside the playhouse at the Breakers (Newport)|
Monday, August 16, 2010
Miraculously there was no driving rain or thunder storm over night so I was pretty well rested on Saturday morning. Our morning cabin activity was to plant a garden outside the cabin. The girls did most of the work and the final result was great. We returned all the tools to the farm area and had time to visit with the farm animals for a bit. There were 8 week old baby goats that we let out of their stall to play with. They were lots of fun and strangely reminded me of Chloe, our pug dog -- at least in their level of playfulness and ability to walk all over anyone who was near the ground!
Saturday afternoons activities were contemporary dance (there's a video of that on You Tube as well). As usual I enjoyed watching Emma and was really impressed by the dance director and her choreography and teaching. Then it was off to arts and crafts for jewelry making, followed by her last activity -- Recess. We played a Mom's verses Daughters came of Nuke Em -- sort of like Volleyball except you catch the ball. It actually got pretty competitive as the Mom's wanted to win -- no letting our daughters win here! Consequently it was lots of fun. We each one a game anyway.
After dinner I had some much needed "alone" time while I showered and hung out alone in our tent. Emma was off visiting with her friend and her friend's Aunt in their tent. So, I was actually not exhausted for Saturday evenings activity which was a live game of clue where we walked all over camp collected clues to figure out who kidnapped their Unit leader. I did "better" at cabin chat on Saturday when the question was to share something about one of your names. It's interesting that what I don't like about my name is that it has no real connections to my ancestors or family, and that's what Emma doesn't like about her name -- she hates her middle name which is a family name -- McDonald.
Sunday dawned cloudy and cool. Emma and I went to the Alumnae breakfast and looked at the yearbook from when I was a camper in 1978. Then we had our photo taken with other Alumnae Mom's and their daughters. Next was chapel and free time when we took down our tent and packed up to get ready for Jim/Daddy's arrival around noon. He carpooled up with the husband of my friend so each of us only had one car there and didn't have to drive back alone! We had a really wonderful family afternoon together, eating lunch, canoeing, having Emma show us around camp, visiting the 17th century Brewster house where Emma did the Colonial Living activity her first year. Then we played some Tennis -- that was amusing. It was just a wonderful weekend and I am so very proud of my 10 year old daughter who is a caring, capable, friendly, responsible, independent "woman in training". Can't wait to have her home for the year this Saturday!